Blog: Hawaii: Four Islands in Five Days

Hotels & Resorts

Hawaii is one of the best places on the globe for groups wanting to step out of the frantic pace of the business world and into a relaxing environment where employees can rejuvenate their energy and gain a fresh perspective on their work. So, on the surface, a whirlwind multi-island media trip involving five plane […]


Blogger Bash!

Industry Events

Last week I was lucky enough to be one of 150 California bloggers to attend a Mad Men themed social media cocktail party hosted by the Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) at the Anaheim Convention Center, Southern California’s largest convention center. And as a double whammy, we were also celebrating an anniversary. […]


A Welcome Blog!


Hello. I’m Josef Aukee and I have just joined the Smart Meetings editorial team as the new managing editor. If that sounds like a confession—it is. I’m thrilled to have found a fine place to share my travel stories, ideas and experiences that began as long ago as those Brady Bunch-style driving journeys I did […]


Build a Better Blog

Technology News

?Blogging seems so old school these days, with so many people glued to their BlackBerrys and iPhones, typing out (or reading) their 140-character tweets. But while the promoters of Web 2.0 and social marketing keep blaring about the merits of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as the latest and greatest way to connect with your social […]

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Disney and Others Say No to Selfie Sticks

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The happiest place on earth is not extending its welcome to selfie sticks. The monopod positioning devices are prohibited at all four Walt Disney theme parks in Orlando, at Disney water parks and Disney Quest starting June 30. By July 1, the ban will also be enforced at Disneyland in California, Paris and Hong Kong. […]

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Ivanka Trump Shares Industry Insights at Cvent Connect

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During last week’s Cvent Connect conference held at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, keynote speaker Ivanka Trump spoke about her personal secrets to professional success. Alongside her family, Trump oversees Trump Hotel Collection, which has a luxury portfolio of 16 properties worldwide. Trump currently stars on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice with her father, […]

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5 Mindsets That Impact Meeting Outcomes

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Five mindsets can influence the outcome of a meeting. In a blog post entitled “Attitudes That Separate Growing, Healthy Conferences From Declining Ones,” Jeff Hurt discusses the major factors that he believes make the difference between a robust or a lackadaisical meeting. 1. Actionable Metrics versus Vanity Metrics According to Hurt, leaders of healthy conferences focus […]


Marin Bright’s New Leadership Column

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On a summer-like day in New York City at the Grand Hyatt earlier this week, I had mixed feelings as I sat as an honoree at Folio’s Top Women in Media Awards. While I was thrilled to be surrounded by esteemed trailblazers, I was a little disappointed that women in media, especially women at the […]


Top 10 Summer Travel Trends for 2015

Destination NewsDestinationsInternational

This year, summer travelers are including some new cities to their must-visit lists. The CCRA Travel Commerce Network announced top 10 domestic and international summer travel trends and destinations, based on  agent bookings made through their website. New American cities on the list include Traverse City, Mich. which was recently named as an “up-and-coming food city” […]


A Top-Ranked, Unconventional Center

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Meetings at ARIA Resort & Casino are anything but conventional. Voted #1 Most Popular Meeting Resort in North America and the Caribbean (Meetings and Conventions), there’s a reason why groups keep coming back. Come to the space where business leaders and innovators in technology join to connect, change their thinking, and spark new ideas. Transfer […]